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19 Sep 2021
  • Thanks to a tip from a friend, I've started indexing hundreds of mental asylum patients' records that she noticed in an archival series that virtually no family historians would use. Many of these records state the medical reason for admission, and many are for people who were only in the asylum for a few months. The first 60 names were added to my Insanity and Unsound Mind pages at 4pm today. This collection of records will probably take many months to index, but I'll post progress reports here.

  • If you subscribed to my free genealogy newsletter, the latest edition (16th Sep 2021) should be in your Inbox. If not, check Spam/Junk/Trash - or, in Gmail, other tabs such as Promotions. If you're no longer interested, please click the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of the email.
January to June 2021 Nov 2020
  • Last month I made significant changes to 40 of my Favourite Genealogy Indexes / Sources (I removed some suggestions and links, and added new ones).

  • My Web site now has names from two admission registers for Roma Hospital. Some places of residence, as shown in the registers, were hundreds of kilometres away. Many patients were children. Birthplace statistics are also interesting. About 31% of patients were born overseas and 18% were born in a State other than Queensland.

  • (This is one of the most significant changes that I've ever made.) Today I added new, cheaper options (starting at $5) for obtaining information from my Insanity and Unsound Mind index.

  • The new options mentioned above are available for a trial period. If they prove popular (and don't make my life a misery as I wind down towards retirement), I may introduce something similar for other indexes.

  • In an attempt to make things easier for my customers, I've changed the Web page about my genealogy mini-guides.

Sept 2020

Even without Covid-19, recent months have seen considerable upheaval in my life - but I've made a few additions and updates to my Website:

June 2020
  • Added more names to Photos and Sketches of People. The images (found in various archival record series) are accompanied by biographical or historical details. Birth places of those people include the UK, Ireland, western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Czechoslovakia etc.
May 2020
  • Added more names to the Missing Friends page. The original records have superb details for family history.
Aug 2019
  • Some of my indexes are now available as e-books (PDF format; $3 each):

    • Index to Eventide (Sandgate, Qld) Registers of Deaths 1954-1959
    • Index to Persons Arrested and Victims of Crime, Qld: Charters Towers pre-1900
    • Index to Persons Arrested and Victims of Crime, Qld: Cloncurry pre-1900
Feb 2019
  • Added more names of Neglected Children. The list includes children from Queensland and other States.

  • If you want to receive my free email newsletter, please check that you successfully subscribed (since 30 Jan 2019) to the new version. My old mailing list had to be deleted because of changes to privacy laws.
Nov 2018
  • I've completed my 'in progress' indexes for mental asylum patients, and I've also indexed several additional sources. One source that I'd previously overlooked has (for about 1,000 people) details of the circumstances leading up to admission to a mental asylum (information that is often difficult to find). All of my existing 'insanity' indexes, plus 10,000 new entries, have been combined to create one huge index. The list is on my Web site as Insanity and Unsound Mind. Please read my explanatory notes very carefully. You may also be interested in the reasons for this change.
Oct 2018
  • If you use Facebook and want to see my posts about family history, you now need to Like/Follow my Judy Webster Genealogy page (not my personal profile).
Jan 2018
  • Muttaburra Hospital admission registers: added patients' names from late 1928 and early 1929 (which are not in the index that I published in book form).

  • Files about repayment of fares: added several names. Many applicants were travelling from one Australian State to another, but some were going to or from New Zealand, Canada, Britain, India etc. If you're researching someone who 'disappeared', these files may provide the clue you need.
Oct 2017
  • Prison records: more names added, and 2 links added to 'Other Suggestions' near the end of the page.
Aug 2017 July 2017 Jan 2017 June 2016
  • The page Privacy, Copyright and Sharing: Tips for Genealogy has been updated with (1) a link to The Legal Genealogist's article 'Blurring the Lines', and (2) the National Genealogical Society's new guidelines for sharing information with others.
Dec 2015
  • More names added from my index to headstones on graves in Eulo cemetery.
Nov 2015
  • More names added from Police Gazettes, including some very unusual names.
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Apr 2015 Sep 2014
  • There has been a huge amount of interest in my latest article, 'Use FreeBMD postems to find new relatives'.  It describes a simple strategy that has worked for me, so if any of your relatives were born, married or died in England or Wales from 1837 onwards, it may work for you too.
Feb 2014 July 2013 June 2013
  • My 'Queensland Genealogy' blog now has a section (in the sidebar) called 'Categories' (BDMs, Hidden treasures, Indexes, People (names), Places, Sources, Tips, Warnings, Websites). Click a category to see a page with all posts on that topic. See also the complete list of keywords at the bottom of that page.

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